About the course
Our Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Primary Education provides a high standard of training for those preparing to take up a teaching post in the primary school sector. The course complies with the statutory guidance from the Department for Education for Initial Teacher Training courses.
The PGCE in Primary Education with Mathematics is specifically designed to ensure that those who are successful will be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) - the professional award required by all those who wish to teach in a maintained school.
You will focus on the teaching of the National Curriculum for primary schools and specialise in teaching Key Stages 1 and 2 whilst also having valuable opportunities to experience alternative educational settings such as Early Years, Secondary, SEND and transition. The course will also provide you with valuable understanding of early years practice in mathematics as well as the transition/practices into Key Stage 3.
Successful completion of the course will lead to recommendation for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), along with 60 credits at Master’s level.
Interview and Selection
All applicants that are successful with their application will be invited to complete a set of short professional scenarios involving reading, writing and numerical tasks. These will provide us with an audit of your existing strengths as well as indicate any areas where you need to develop your knowledge and understanding during your course.
If you are offered a place following interview, you will be required to demonstrate your professional readiness through successful completion of all of the tasks as one of your conditions of acceptance before the course starts. This may mean that you are asked to attend support sessions in English and mathematics during your course to enable you to demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency by the completion of your course.
Any work to address shortfalls in English and mathematics must be undertaken by the trainee teacher in addition to other aspects of their training. It is the trainee’s responsibility to secure these fundamental skills before being recommended for Qualified Teacher Status.
You will engage in individual face to face interview.
We will be assessing your ability to be able to meet the Teachers’ Standards by the completion of your course.
How school placements work
Every effort is made to ensure that high-quality school placements are provided to you, facilitating learning through observing, co-teaching and being observed by experienced teachers in the classroom.
- days (24 weeks) of the 36 week PGCE course will be spent in schools. You will undertake two assessed placements in two different schools. We try to take your geographical location into account when placing you in schools but our first concern is to ensure that you have a high quality school placement that can provide a range of experiences. Additional training will therefore take place in partner schools other than your 'attachment' schools. Support is available from your University Tutor throughout your training, plus from experienced teachers accredited by the University as school based tutors.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You’ll get a bursary of £6,000 if you have:
- a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject
- at least grade B in maths A-level (or an equivalent)
You don’t have to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
• A first degree of a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification.
• A-Level in Mathematics or otherwise to have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade 5/B or above in GCSE Mathematics.
*To receive the government bursary, you will need an A-level in Mathematics*
• A standard equivalent to a grade 4 (previously Grade C) in GCSE English and Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Combined Science).
Please note we do not accept GCSE Equivalent Tests from other institutions or organisations and not all equivalency tests are accepted.
You will be required to provide evidence of your original qualifications.
Application forms should be able to demonstrate not only your depth of knowledge of the role of a Primary teacher but also your enthusiasm and commitment to a career in teaching.
Those successful in the audits and at interview will be subsequently required to meet enhanced DBS checks, fitness to teach and medical check and prohibition order check requirements. You will be expected to complete these forms once you have been successful and have a Conditional Offer.
If you have accepted a Conditional Offer made by the University of Wolverhampton you will receive correspondence asking you to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The charge for this will be a DBS fee of £44.00 and a £6.00 ID check service fee.
About the training provider
‘ASPIRATION, ATTITUDE, ACHIEVEMENT’
The University of Wolverhampton is one of the West Midlands’ largest providers of teacher education, with many of our graduates going on to work within the conurbation. Our tutors are all experienced teachers who have worked with our partnership and family schools for many years.
We are proud of our long-standing tradition of training teachers of Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Post Compulsory Education.
Access to high quality, bespoke subject knowledge enhancement courses.
Access to free Professional Skills Test Support.
High quality learning facilities, including well equipped teaching rooms, cutting edge learning spaces, lecture theatres and a social learning environment.
A clear progression to Master’s degree study, with opportunities to use PGCE credits to embark upon further study following successful completion of the course, including a fully tailored Newly Qualified Teacher module that can be completed during your induction year.
Access to leading research in the field of Education that enables trainees to develop as reflective practitioners.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We have a dedicated Student Support and Wellbeing department within the university offering support services in:
- Mental Health and Wellbeing: Staff are equipped in supporting students who have mental health needs, or students with an Autism Spectrum Condition. Often, these difficulties overlap and therefore we are here to support you with your overall wellbeing whilst at university.
- Disabilities and Specific Learning Difficulties: Including
Specific learning difficulties: Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and
Mental Health conditions, Autism Spectrum Conditions including Asperger syndrome, Sensory disabilities including those affecting sight or hearing and Long term medical conditions
- Counselling: Help is offered in developing your strengths, making decisions and developing the skills and resources to cope. As counsellors, we help you to find the answers.
- Chaplaincy : Whether you are a person of faith, someone who is searching, someone with questions and doubts, or of no faith, you are welcome in our Chaplaincy building and to receive the support of the Chaplaincy team. We are a team of multi-faith Chaplains and between us we cover all of the University sites.
Find out more at www.wlv.ac.uk/ssw
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